[vlc-devel] [vlc-commits] Tag 2.2.3 : VLC media player 2.2.3 'WeatherWax'

Rémi Denis-Courmont remi at remlab.net
Tue Apr 26 18:19:14 CEST 2016


Le 2016-04-26 17:15, Rafaël Carré a écrit :
> Since the entirety of the board (President, Treasurer and Secretary) 
> are
> either j-b himself or j-b (VideoLABS) employees, how do you ensure
> treating me vs j-b in a fair manner and separate the interests of
> VideoLAN versus VideoLABS ?

The treasurer and the secretary don't even have that much power, so 
Felix' affiliation and his earlier lack thereof does not make that much 
difference. And in all due fairness, J-B made it abundantly clear that 
he was going to start what became VideoLabs, and that it could cause 
bias and conflict of interests. Everybody, including you (and me), 
knowingly and, I daresay conveniently, ignored the problem.

And of course there are very obvious and well-known potential issues 
when a single company has most or all control on an open-source project. 
But it is up to you, me and anybody else not (yet) affiliated with 
VideoLabs, to counter-balance it if they see fit. Obviously that will 
involve spending time on the project.

On the one hand, I try my best to enforce technical soundness 
regardless of any immediate business interests of VideoLabs in code 
reviews - on my free time. On the other hand, I have explicitly refused 
to be a board member because I just do not have the time. And while I 
wish VideoLAN were not so dependent on a single company, I do not have a 
solution. There is only so much I can or want to do.

So frankly, if you have a problem with the current setup (and there are 
a lot of problems to be had), you should spend more time contributing. 
It is perfectly OK if you do not want or are unable to contribute more 
at this point, but in my opinion, you cannot held J-B and VideoLabs 
employees responsible for that.

Rémi Denis-Courmont

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